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Philadelphia Takes 7th Place in Standings From Cleveland: 76ers 103, Cavaliers 98

By Dan Gelston
Associated Press
Saturday, April 9, 2005; Page D01

PHILADELPHIA, April 8 -- Allen Iverson's career-high in assists helped Philadelphia make a nice pass in the standings.

Iverson had 23 points and 16 assists to help the 76ers sweep the season series against Cleveland with a 103-98 victory Friday night and leapfrog the Cavaliers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Cleveland's LeBron James (37 points) drives around the 76ers' Aaron McKie. The Cavaliers have lost 3 straight. (Rusty Kennedy -- AP)

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Barring a collapse or a season-ending hot streak from a couple of teams lower in the standings, the 76ers are in good shape with seven games left to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.

While Cleveland and Philadelphia are 38-37, the 76ers have the tiebreaker with three wins against the Cavaliers this year.

Samuel Dalembert had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Marc Jackson scored 24 points for the 76ers. Chris Webber missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left shoulder and was listed as a game-time decision for Saturday's game at Washington.

LeBron James scored 37 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers and Drew Gooden added 24 points and 12 rebounds. Cleveland played without Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who dislocated his right ring finger in a loss to New Jersey on Tuesday.

The fading Cavs have lost three straight and five of six, and the Nets are 1 1/2 games back of the eighth seed in the East.

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